UN experts set for Syria mission
Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Walid Moualem speaks during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday. New York - Syria's foreign minister on Monday compared what he described as an invasion of “foreign terrorists” across his country to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that Washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous. In a speech to the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem also said that “terrorists from more than 83 countries are engaged in the killing of our people and our army” under the appeal of global jihad.
Now more than half of Syria's 20 million people need aid. The US mission to the United Nations responded by saying Moualem's comment was “as disingenuous as it is offensive”, adding that his statements “have no credibility”.
Assad's government accuses Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Britain, France and the United States of arming, financing and training rebel forces in Syria. The opposition Syrian Coalition described Moualem's UN speech as misleading.
Last week, the UN Security Council achieved a rare moment of unity on the Syrian war by passing a resolution demanding the elimination of Syria's chemical arsenal by mid-2014. Assad's ally Russia supported the resolution, which was based on a US-Russian plan agreed upon in Geneva.
The council is now turning its attention to Syria's dire humanitarian crisis, putting to the test its fragile consensus on the conflict with plans to approve a statement by Thursday aimed at boosting aid access in Syria.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Sunday TribuneSimilar Stories